Luton comes to life with the help of the Special Events Fund

After over a year of events and creativity grinding to a halt, in February 2022, we launched the start of a fund to support the return of community events in Luton. Thanks to our community’s fantastic efforts to bring vibrancy, generosity of spirit and creativity back to local neighbourhoods , the Luton Rising Special Events Community Award Fund 2022 has been able to support over 14 events across the breadth of the community so far.

How to avoid airport chaos

By Graham Olver, CEO at Luton Rising

It’s been hard to escape the wall-to-wall media coverage lately highlighting scenes of “chaos” and lengthy queues at UK airports. But one airport that has been noticeably absent from these stories is London Luton Airport (LLA). There is a good reason for that. For the year to date, average waiting times at LLA have been 15 minutes for check-in, 7 minutes for security, and 11 minutes for passport control. So how has LLA achieved this?

Apprentices at Luton Rising promoted to permanent staff members

Luton Rising is delighted to be able to celebrate the fantastic success of our apprentices, who were promoted to full time staff members earlier this month. This is a huge milestone for our apprentices, who have worked hard over 12 months to develop their skills through training and professional work experience.

AfroFest comes to Luton

Luton AfroFest will host its first African festival that will showcase African music, cultural, fashion, and cuisine. The event is free and will be held on Saturday, July 23rd at Manor Park, Luton.

Our proposed expansion – what’s happened since the consultation?

Earlier this year we conducted a third public consultation on our plans for the sustainable long-term expansion of London Luton Airport to 32 million passengers per annum (mppa) by the mid-2040s.

This was a second statutory consultation, and sought feedback on updated proposals for a second terminal and associated infrastructure to deliver this passenger growth.

Queen’s Jubilee and Luton Carnival come to town

With the special bank holiday to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne taking place on 2 and 3 June, Lutonians across the town will be joining in the festivities and fun, as well as joining in the International Carnival. Roughly 30 street parties will also be taking place as people take the opportunity to be part of this momentous historic occasion for the nation.

Farida finds a new future on the Luton DART project

Two years ago, Farida was keen to get a new career under way after having a family. Having previously worked in retail management, she wanted to use her excellent organisational skills.

Farida was interested in construction but didn’t know how to find an entry point. The answer arrived via our pioneering Luton DART project.